Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product from one of our links, we could receive a commission from the seller. Rest assured, we only recommend products we believe in, and all opinions are 100% truthful. Learn More »

Mr. Eastwood’s second film as director, and his first in the western genre shows a blossoming talent.

It just so happened that I put this on screen after sampling Planes, Trains… and totally shut down and re-started as the difference between the two was so extraordinary. After my recent tech snafu with Casablanca I wanted to be certain.

I’m certain.

I returned to a few moments of Planes, and then viewed High Plains Drifter in its entirety.

The difference is full-on Beauty and the Beast.

Derived as a 4k scan of the OCN, Universal has given this film the respect that it deserves, and supplied a master of superb, reference quality to Kino.

Colors pop off the screen. Grain structure is perfect. The image is clean, stable and appears very much akin to a 35mm dye transfer print.

Perfect in every regard, and the purpose of 4k UHD.

After viewing, I checked Blu-ray inventory and was reminded that this was released by Universal in a 7-disc set of Mr. Eastwood’s work which also includes Two Mules, Joe Kidd, Beguiled, Coogan’s Bluff, Play Misty and Eiger Sanction.

And that got me to wondering if Kino has the rest of these in their Universal deal, and if we’ll also be seeing them in 4k.

Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 5 (DTS -HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Upgrade from Recent Blu-ray – Absolutely!

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 4

Very Highly Recommended

RAH

Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. As an Amazon Associate, HTF earns from qualifying purchases. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.


Post Disclaimer

Some of our content may contain marketing links, which means we will receive a commission for purchases made via those links. In our editorial content, these affiliate links appear automatically, and our editorial teams are not influenced by our affiliate partnerships. We work with several providers (currently Skimlinks and Amazon) to manage our affiliate relationships. You can find out more about their services by visiting their sites.

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,member

View thread (18 replies)

Capt D McMars

Bernuli Tech Vet
Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2011
Messages
2,970
Location
Colorado
Real Name
Todd Doc Sigmier
You've hit my soft spot!!! I have always been a fan of Eastwood, starting back in the Rawhide days. His Play Misty for Me and Outlaw Josie Wales were keepers, as wel as this title. Thanks for the info RAH!!
 

sbjork

Second Unit
Joined
Aug 1, 2020
Messages
414
Real Name
Stephen
Universal has just been knocking it out of the park the last couple of years with their 4K catalogue masters. And they were the ones who were notorious for dumping dated, heavily processed DVD masters onto Blu-ray for many years -- not just the earliest years of the format, either. But now? They're almost rivaling Sony these days. Meanwhile, Paramount. . .
 

B-ROLL

Senior HTF Member
Joined
May 26, 2016
Messages
4,511
Real Name
Bryan
more like
star trek spock GIF


KHAN! - Ironically one of their better 4K transfers :D
 

Jeffrey D

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Messages
3,409
Real Name
Jeffrey D Hanawalt
My dream is that a massive 4K boxset of all Clint Eastwood films may appear someday...probably my favourite actor of all time. What a talent and a legend!!
I don’t know his Westerns (except for The Good, Bad & Ugly), but if Mystic River was added to a big collection, I’d snap it up.
 

cineMANIAC

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2008
Messages
2,233
Location
New York City
Real Name
Luis
I'm glad this one got through unscathed, unlike Paramount's Escape From Alcatraz. Additionally happy that it's a Western with great PQ. Westers NEED to look great on 4K.